Friends of the Library’s book sale a big success

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The Friends of the Maricopa Community Library’s first annual book sale was a huge success. When the doors of Santa Rosa Elementary School’s multi-purpose room opened at 10 a.m. this morning, a large crowd had gathered.

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Book lovers search for great “reads”.

Books in almost every major genre were available, including romance, science fiction, children’s books, contemporary fiction, biographies and non-fiction. Some videos and CDs were also on sale. Prices ranged from $0.50 to $1 for the gently used items.

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Friends’ secretary Lee Pierce was on hand to answer questions about the books.

“A lot of people are excited with their book finds and that makes me excited,” commented Friends’ chairperson Marisa McDonald. Many parents of young children left with an armload of books at bargain prices.

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Jane Henig takes the money from a parent buying children’s books.

All proceeds from this sale, which lasted until 2 p.m., will go toward support for the library’s programs and services. The Friends’ current program focus is expansion of the children’s summer reading program, including special activities such as a Harry Potter birthday party at the end of July.

Formed in April of 2004, the Friends are a non-profit fundraising and support group for the city’s Parks, Recreation and Libraries Department. They hope to continue increasing public awareness about the services, programs and facilities offered by our community library.

Members of the group are Chairperson McDonald, Vice Chairperson Shelley Gillespie, Secretary Lee Pierce, Finance Officer Jane Henig, Mary Lou Smith, Kathleen Lacey, Pat Lacey, Hermina Anderson and Lisa Baker.

Patrons interested in joining the newly formed Friends of the Maricopa Community Library group were able to sign up at the sale. Interested parties can also email the group or contact McDonald at (480) 231-3577 for further information.